Political Correction

Rep. Gingrey Fits Four Lies Into A Single Minute

April 22, 2010 10:49 am ET - by Walid Zafar

Speaking on the House floor yesterday, Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-GA) managed to fit several debunked Republican talking points into a single minute.

                          

Gingrey:  A takeover of health care system otherwise known as ObamaCare which spends money we don't have without lowering the cost of health care.

The health care reform legislation reduces the deficit, meaning that it has nothing to do with "money we don't have."  Health care costs will in fact decrease for the majority of Americans, particularly the uninsured.  Bankruptcies related to medical expenses will decline.  There will be a modest increase in the individual market, but that's partly because people will choose to buy better coverage.

Gingrey: A cap-and-tax energy bill which would cost the average American family an additional $3,000 annually for their energy.

Republicans have been citing all sorts of numbers in their efforts to fight needed climate change legislation.  House Minority Leader John Boehner has claimed a $1,700 increase while Sen. James Inhofe has claimed $3,100.  According to the CBO, "the net annual economy wide cost of the cap-and-trade program in 2020 would be $22 billion - or about $175 per household."

Gingrey: And of course the failed stimulus legislation costing $861 billion that has yet to create a single non-government job, leaving unemployment rate [sic] at an abysmal 9.7%.

First of all, Gingrey is a stimulus hypocrite.  He voted against the bill yet presented a giant Recovery Act check to his constituents.  The Recovery Act has created up to 2.4 million American jobs.  In fact, hundreds of millions has thus far gone to private firms under a federal initiative to expand broadband access, including in Georgia

Gingrey: Now the Senate is considering a permanent bailout for Wall Street.

Not true.  According to FDIC chairman Sheila Bair, the bill will make bailouts "impossible."  PolitFact has deemed the claim "false."

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